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Filling a pole with cement

July 21, 2019, 10:19 pm

Well I listen to you alls coments on if filling a pipe with cement will make it stronger and I'm gunna try it. I put up a tetherball pole and when I hit the ball it wiggles and vibrates at the top of... Read more »

Removal of wood 8x8 post with rebar in it that is set in cement

June 25, 2019, 1:56 am

My garage was damaged in a tornado Nd snapped off two wooden 8x8 posts in my garage. In order to reset posts the old posts need to come out, except that they have rebar running through the wood post... Read more »

Stove hood

April 18, 2019, 10:09 am

Does anybody make a stove hood with a fan and an air filter, for stoves that aren't near an outside wall? I'm hoping one might exist with a washable air filter. Thanks. -- Read more »

Builder Screwup pouring foundation

April 5, 2019, 3:17 pm

I'm currently having a home built as well. One of the foundation walls was poured out of square. One end of the wall was poured at the correct locat ion. The framers noticed it was incorrect. ... Read more »

Fine Homebuilding magazines available

July 19, 2018, 9:07 pm

Fine Homebuilding magazines available FREE if you pick them up in Fairfax Virginia or $25 + shipping costs if I ship them. Issues 1 thru 145 – missing 4, 75, 82, 86, 93, 112, 124, 138, 139, 142 Al... Read more »

Steel Tubing Bend Capacity

June 30, 2018, 6:51 pm

I am looking at sinking 25 foot pipe vertically 5 feet below the surface and securing with concrete. The pipe is 2 1/16 OD steel oil pipe. Read more »


March 10, 2018, 9:40 pm


Heating tape/cable on water pipes

January 22, 2018, 3:08 pm

I just had to replace my 33 year old heat tape on my water pipe that runs through an unheated portion of my building. NOTE: this is the self regulating type of heating cable, not the stuff with a ... Read more »

Wall stud planing/sanding

December 30, 2017, 4:43 am

I am working on replacing a uni-body fiberglass shower stall that was installed in when my house was built, with a 3 piece stackable stall. The problem I am running into is the bottom piece is a litt... Read more »

Lead flashing questions ?

November 12, 2017, 7:35 pm

Hi I have a single storey extension being built . The roof has been built and the angles and measurements as per plans . We have tiled the roof and tiles are really close to upvc windows . As per the... Read more »

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Post pounding through slough

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Hello. I'm just looking to get some advice on installing fencing through a slough/low lying wet area. The fence posts are for horse fencing, and are 4.15 dowelled round posts. I can't get a hydrau... Read more »

HVAC system 20 degree rule

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HI. I recently did a major overhaul on our house in Atlanta, due to a fire last summer. My house is about 2500 sq.ft. and the sub contractor put in a 4 ton unit with three zones. We are having a gr... Read more »

anti-mold construction spray

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My son and I are building him a house, framing the walls with 2x6 studs and sheathing with 1/2 Advantec. The house is in a cold region and we're insulating the walls with 5 1/2 R21 fiberglass batts ... Read more »

Roof cement to adhere shingles?

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I am making a rabbit hutch for a friend and to avoid nails through the plywood roof, I was thinking of using roofing cement to adhere the 3 tab shingles to the wood instead of nails. Will the roofing... Read more »

Dishwasher for old shallow kitchen counter?

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Good evening. I want to put a dishwasher in my 1930 kitchen. Unfortunately, the old counters are quite shallow. The distance from the wall surface to the cabinet face is 21.5. I could probably get ... Read more »

Adding bacteria to the septic tank

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How does one know if its suitable and appropriate to use additive type bacteria to the septic tank via the drain system from the house? I started the septic bacteria with 2 large cans of yeast per ... Read more »

custom frame for soffit vent

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I am considering soffit vent options for aesthetics and to satisfy air intake recomendations. The number of existing 8x16 soffit vent openings are insufficient based on the 1/150 ratio recommendatio... Read more »

Iced Furnance Air Intake

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Dear All, Outside winter temperature often reached -30 C. The fresh air intake iced up resulting in furnace shut down. The furnace is 1 year old, high efficiency, forced air furnace. The intake is ... Read more »

Building Steps on dirt slope/ questions

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I plan to build some steps into a sloped hill, using timbers. I had some built about ten years ago, and used PT lumber rated for ground contact, which was .8 penetration level. I know that the ch... Read more »

Septic Tank Riser

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My tank is a couple feet below grade and many decades old but still in excellent shape. I added a brush strainer and a drop T replacing the outlet baffle as the baffle had started to warp and I wan... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.